The post-mayor

In Silicon Valley, Adrian Fenty has found a culture more tolerant of his way of doing business. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

The second acts of former D.C. mayors have been generally low key. They have kept close to home and, with the glaring exception of Marion Barry, mostly retreated into the background. Adrian Fenty has taken a different route, as The Post’s Dan Zak details. His political demise has given him an opportunity to start over in a land where “as fast as humanly possible” is closer to the default way of doing business: “Where exactly did he go? The literal answer is Silicon Valley, where he’s fashioning a second act in a land that is more tolerant of brashness, of radical change at high speeds. The vaguer answer, though, is somehow more fitting: Adrian Fenty has gone up into the cloud.”

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Jeff Thompson takes search-warrant fight to Supreme Court (PostLegal TimesWBJLoose LipsAP)

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Campaign finance reform bill, minus language eliminating council contract reviews, heads to full council (PostWAMU-FMAP)

W.C. Smith isn’t seeking government assistance in Whole Foods deal (Capital BusinessJDLandWBJ)

The Capitol dome is about to spend two years in scaffolding (Post)

Vincent Gray refuses to sign, but doesn’t veto, bill delaying AG election (WaTimes)

Medical marijuana entrepreneur: “All we have been doing is bleeding cash” (HuffPo)

GWU explains what it means to be “need aware” (WBJ)

D.C. speed camera ticket figures into Maryland governor race controversy (Post)

The former Chartered Health Plan building is under contract (WBJ)

Gray says shutdown economic toll could continue (Roll Call)

Will CoStar grow out of D.C.? (Capital Business)

West Heating Plant condos will be the priciest around (Housing Complex)

Only 30 percent of the building would remain under initial plan (Current via Dish)

Maryland transplant finds a great school at Petworth’s Powell Elementary (Post)

Public schools need to step up security planning, David Catania says (WAMU-FM)

Chuck Thies has not had good early experiences with D.C. Health Link (WRC-TV)

Marijuana decriminalization hearing tonight in Anacostia (AP)

MetroAccess drivers could strike (WAMU-FM)

Someone stole a whole bunch of keys at Barry Farm (WJLA-TVWTOP)

Permit snafu means animated Oyster-Adams sign will come down (WRC-TV)

Latest look at Randall School refurb (UrbanTurf)

When Capital Bikeshare isn’t the best deal (WAMU-FM)

Eric Price, mayoral pondered, does have a “stellar” resume (Dish)

What Woodies can tell us about where D.C. has been (Housing Complex)

DPW’s Bill Howland gives a quasi-endorsement of snow-parking dibs (WRC-TV)

An emotional Post farewell to Don Graham (Reliable SourceWashingtonian)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.



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